Expressions of interest are now underway to build the $711 million second phase of the Monash Freeway upgrade, which adds 36 kilometres of new lanes to the freeway in Melbourne.
The project will see the upgrade of entry and exit ramps and the freeway widened between Warrigal Road and EastLink and between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.
It also includes the upgrade of the Beaconsfield interchange and the extension of O’Shea Road in Berwick
According to a statement from the Victorian Government, motorists make more than 470,000 trips on the corridor each day.
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said new technology would be used to make it safer, easier and quicker to access Melbourne’s growing south eastern suburbs using the Monash.
“Early works will be fast-tracked over the coming months, starting with the installation of smart on-road technology and overhead lane use and speed signs further along the Monash Freeway,” Mr. Donnellan said.
“This technology will help better manage large volumes of traffic and provide drivers with live lane use and traffic information to deliver a safer and more reliable journey.”
The state government said Stage 1 of the Monash Freeway Upgrade between EastLink and Clyde Road is nearing completion. New lanes were opened in early May and new overhead freeway technology was installed in early June.
The Australian Government is contributing $500 million to the Monash Freeway Upgrade Stage 2 with the Victorian Government contributing the remaining $211 million.
Major construction on the project is scheduled to start in mid-2019 and is expected to be completed in early 2022, weather permitting.